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Low oil and gas prices mean a daily struggle

FARMINGTON — This year has not been an easy one for local oil and gas companies and those providing support services. It’s been a year of layoffs and cutbacks without any change predicted for the immediate future. In April, ConocoPhillips announced local layoffs, followed by similar announcements from local yards like Halliburton on Main Street, and, most recently, Baker Hughes ...

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Energy advocacy group to open mobile office in N.M.

FARMINGTON, N.M. — Consumer Energy Alliance — a Houston-based pro-energy group with chapter offices in Texas, Alaska and Florida — plans to become more actively involved in energy policy and advocacy in New Mexico. Shawn Martini, CEA communications director, said the nine-year-old group — that advocates for energy policy that “ensures affordable energy for consumers” — has taken a greater ...

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Baker Hughes lays off 67 workers

FARMINGTON — Baker Hughes Pressure Pumping on Southside River Road in Farmington laid off 67 workers on Tuesday citing low oil and gas prices on the commodities market. Robert “Kevin” Jones, district manager for Baker Hughes Pressure Pumping, said in a phone interview that he learned of the layoffs Tuesday morning in a text message. Jones is on short-term disability ...

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ConocoPhillips’ King leaves for Houston

FARMINGTON, N.M. — Terri King, vice president for ConocoPhillips’ San Juan Business Unit, is transferring to Houston to work as the company’s vice president of the Mid-Continent Business Unit. King took the job Oct. 1, replacing Bill Patterson, who retired after 31 years with ConocoPhillips, according to company spokeswoman Romelia Hinojosa. The company’s Mid-Continent business unit includes assets in the ...

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Halliburton in Farmington lays off undisclosed number of employees

FARMINGTON — An undisclosed number of employees at the Farmington Halliburton Co. facility on East Main Avenue were laid off by the company this week. Company spokesman William Fitzgerald confirmed the terminations in an emailed statement on Thursday. “Halliburton has made adjustments to its workforce in Farmington based on current business conditions,” Fitzgerald said in the email. “Halliburton will continue ...

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Navajo Nation committee hears irrigation concerns from chapter officials

FARMINGTON — Chapter officials reported to the Navajo Nation’s Resources and Development Committee Tuesday about the impact the closure of the San Juan River is having on agriculture. Water-use restrictions remain in place for the portion of the river that flows through the Nation. Tribal officials issued the restrictions after toxic wastewater from the Gold King Mine flowed into the ...

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Power outage affects nearly 6,200 customers

FARMINGTON — More than 6,200 Farmington Electric Utility System customers were without power for nearly two hours Monday after a crossarm supporting a transmission line broke, shutting down three distribution substations, a utility official said. The power outage affected the College, Foothills and Fruitland substations, according to Rodney Romero, acting utility director for the Farmington Electric Utility System. Romero said ...

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Officials ‘cautiously optimistic’ over power plant plan

FARMINGTON — As a Wednesday state Public Regulation Commission meeting approaches that could determine the fate of the San Juan Generating Station, local officials expressed cautious optimism that commissioners will vote to keep the plant in operation. The PRC will meet in Santa Fe on Wednesday morning and take up a Public Service Company of New Mexico plan — approved ...

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Amid push to cut coal, feds review mine lease program

The Department of the Interior is leasing millions of acres of federal coal to private mining companies even as the Obama administration ramps up efforts to curb greenhouse gases from coal-burning power plants and natural gas pipelines under the president’s Climate Action Plan. To environmentalists and some Navajo activists living near coal mines in New Mexico, the disconnect between leasing ...

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